Olympic Hot Springs, Boulder Lake & Appleton Pass


Backpack - Olympic Hot Springs, Boulder Lake & Appleton Pass

Backpack 4.8 miles RT with 400 feet gain on an abandoned road to Boulder Creek Campground, camping there Saturday night, optionally day hiking Saturday afternoon to Boulder Lake, and soaking in the hotspring pools Saturday evening when the day hikers are gone.

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  • Sat, Jul 23, 2016 — Sun, Jul 24, 2016
  • Tacoma Hiking & Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Intermediate
  • Singles, Retired Rovers, Families, Adults, 20-30 Somethings
  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft

Meet at 9 AM Saturday at the Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center at the south end of Race Street in Port Angeles.

At the Wilderness Information Center we will pay $5 per person camp fees and $20 per car Park entry fees, if not covered by Park passes, allowing five people in a car per pass.  Then we will caravan to the Glynes Dam overlook, for a brief look at the changes brought about by the breaching of the two dams on the Elwha River.  Then we will continue caravaning to the trailhead.  We will then hike to Boulder Creek Campground, set up camp and have a camp lunch.  After lunch we'll have an optional day hike to Boulder Lake.  We have a camp dinner after the hike and then spend the evening in the multiple hotspring pools when all the day hikers are gone.  Sunday morning, after a camp breakfast, we hike out and have an optional lunch stop in Port Angeles on the drive home.   


Olympic Hot Springs, Boulder Lake & Appleton Pass

  • Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin/Mt Olympus Climb No. 133S

    Custom Correct Seven Lakes Basin - Hoh

    Custom Correct Lake Crescent - Happy Lake Ridge

    USGS Bogachiel Peak

    USGS Mount Carrie
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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